‘Terrible Trudy on the Lam’ Short Review

Terrible Trudy on the Lam is a wildly fun read, introducing us to a tapir who has escaped from the San Diego Zoo. I loved this tale—it’s imaginative and as fun as a short story could be. We see Trudy become an ice-skating wonder, doing her act in a local club, much to the excitement of…

‘The Crafter at the Web’s Heart’ Short Review

The Crafter at the Web’s Heart is a powerful tale of magic and the collapse of a society that benefits the rich and forgets the poor. Our lead character is a rogue at heart who gets caught up in a plot to level-set the world and bring about massive change. There are two main strengths that…

‘The Free Orcs of Cascadia’ Short Review

The Free Orcs of Cascadia is a fascinating story detailing the creation of a counterculture where LARPing moves beyond the make believe and becomes reality. We see bands of people identifying as orcs and reverting their society back to pre-modern norms and fighting styles. They’re committed to their way of life, risking everything to live by…

‘A Song for Persephone’ Short Review

A Song for Persephone tells the story of a siren struggling to continue in her duties in modern times. It’s strange to imagine a siren trying to beckon a modern day yacht or cruise ship toward a rocky shore, and that gives the story an equally strange quality that really works. Greek gods and myths…

‘Ti-Jean’s Last Adventure, as Told to Raccoon’ Short Review

Ti-Jean’s Last Adventure, as Told to Raccoon is a delightfully magical story, blending indigenous Canadian storytelling with modern day theatrics. We hear the story of an old man who makes a bet with Death and does everything he can to cheat his way out of an ending. It’s an interesting tale to be sure, but the…

The Outcast Hours: Fictional Nights To Fascinate

The Outcast Hours is a curious collection of shorts, filled with strange nights and even stranger stories. You’ll find horror stories that start off in the mundane world and end on a surprisingly terrifying note. Fantasy stories that feel like a dream intermixed with stark reality. All of them are shrouded by the mysteries of the…

Review: Get Swept Away by ‘The Very Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan’

The Very Best of Caitlín R. Kiernan is a collection of stories that defies expectation. You’ll find fantasies to startle and impress the imagination. Horrors to shock and enthrall you. Most importantly, you’ll find a brilliant writer that gives you every detail, no matter how gruesome or grotesque. Kiernan’s talent oozes off the page, forcing…

The Right Number of Cats: Short Review

It’s amazing what Jenn Reese was able to do with 791 words in her short story, The Right Number of Cats. This piece of flash fiction operates on multiple levels. We see a woman with three cats trying to fight against this ethereal Fourth Cat that lurks around her home, causing trouble and invading her…

Overwintering Habits of the North American River Mermaid: A Shorts Review

Overwintering Habits of the North American River Mermaid is the kind of flash fiction that leaves you to create your own story from its brilliant bones. There’s a deep mystery to it, stripping away the mystical world of mermaids we were given as children and replacing it with a cold reality. Mermaids are winter visitors who…